Building strong sustainable communities
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller
Learn more about what we set out to achieve
Our vision of bringing rural communities together for growth and success is progress in action! Today, GNWKCF represents a 13-county area of Northwest Kansas and is comprised of seven Affiliate Foundations, six Agency Foundations, five Agency Partner Foundations, two Supporting Organizations, and numerous other funds.
We have a strong partnership with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation which generously supports 26 counties in Northwest Kansas to improve the quality of life for area citizens. The Hansen Foundation has been instrumental in building area community foundations through offering opportunities to establish and grow permanent endowment funds to provide a source of local grants forever.
We are a member of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations with a strong belief in networking together to maximize philanthropic impacts.
GNWKCF is an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a public charity, and a nonprofit corporation organized in the State of Kansas.
Explore our history
The Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF) was formed to increase exposure and opportunities for philanthropy throughout northwest Kansas and the tri-state region.
In 2009, realizing the benefits to regionalization, the Bird City Century II Development Foundation was created and affiliated with GNWKCF.
Norton County Community Foundation joined as an Affiliate.
GROW Decatur County Foundation joined as an Affiliate.
In 2018 ACE Foundation in Rawlins County became an Affiliate, Wallace County Foundation joined as an Agency Foundation, and Graham County Community Foundation, Phillips County Community Foundation and Thomas County Community Foundation became Agency Partners with only their Hansen Established Funds managed by GNWKCF.
2022: Russell County Area Community Foundation became an Affiliate; Bird City Century II Development Foundation changed its status from an Affiliate to a Supporting Organization; and Friends of Cottonwood Ranch became a Supporting Organization.
Pictured (L-R): Mitch Gillespie, Cindy Burr (former board member), Travis Rickford, Cora House, Tom Keller, Raelene Keller, Harry Joe Pratt, Joan McKenna and Mike Posson. Not pictured: Clint Bursch, and Rebecca Antholtz.
Mike Posson, Chair
Harry Joe Pratt, Vice-Chair
Tom Keller, Treasurer
Rebecca Antholz, Secretary
Get the latest reports
We publish two types of reports every year. The annual report gives an update on the projects we have accomplished while Form 990 is provides financial information to the public.